Green Community Calendar weekend events: Environmental film fest, composting workshop, green markets and more

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[image-1]St. Petersburg Saturday Morning Market- Every Saturday; 9 am to 2 pm (through May). Featuring locally grown fresh produce, prepared foods, tempting baked goods, plants, flowers, herbs, handcrafted gifts, live music, and more! Downtown St. Petersburg in the Al Lang Stadium parking lot / 1st Ave. S and 1st St. Open October 3 through May 29.


Ybor Saturday Market- Every Saturday; 9 am-3 pm (year-round). You’ll be sure to find great produce at great prices, gourmet foods and sauces, fresh baked breads, fresh eggs, prepared foods, orchids, herbs and plants, pet treats, honey, unique gifts, photography, artwork, jewelry, woodworking, bath and body products, candles, and so much more. Centennial Park at the corner of Eighth Avenue and 19th Street, Ybor.


Land O Lakes Saturday Market- Every Saturday; 9 am-2 pm. The Land O Lakes Saturday Market is a weekly community event with live music. Land O  Lakes Saturday Market donates profits to the Heritage Park Foundation and the Suncoast Harvest Food Bank. We are located at the Land O Lakes Community Center, on the west side of US 41 – Land O Lakes Blvd., three miles north of SR 54 (across from the Land O Lakes Post Office- Directions).


Guided Hike at Weedon Island Preserve- Every Saturday; 9-11 am. Guided hikes through coastal mangrove and upland ecosystems of the Preserve are held on most Saturdays of the month. Join us to learn about the coastal environment and the early residents of Weedon Island Preserve. Be sure to bring water and a snack for this 2-hour hike. A hat and closed-toe shoes are also recommended. Reserve your space by 2 pm on the Friday prior to the tour of choice. This event is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required. Recommended ages: 6 and up. Weedon Island Preserve- 1800 Weedon Drive N.E. St. Petersburg, FL 33702. (727) 453-6500.



Guided Hike at Brooker Creek Preserve- Every Saturday; 9-11 am. Take a walk through time each Saturday morning on a guided hike along the Education Center Trail. Join us for this 0.75 mile walk as we look at how the land has changed over time and discuss the ecological footprints left by those changes. Sturdy closed-toe shoes are a must, and water and a hat are recommended. Pre-registration is required by 12:00 noon on the Friday before the hike. Admission: Free. All ages welcome - children younger than 6 may find this hike challenging. 3940 Keystone Rd. Tarpon Springs, FL 34688. (727) 453-6800.


Composting Workshop at Bartlett Park- Saturday, February 27; 10-11:30 am. The best vegetables come from healthy soil enriched by compost. Use your kitchen scraps to create rich compost for your garden for free! Get hands on experience with hot composting, as well as worm composting and the magic of composting tea. Presented by Andrea Hildebran and Josh Bellian, the workshop is geared toward all age levels and is free of charge. Bartlett Park Community Garden- 1443 Highland Street South, at the corner of Newton Avenue South, St. Pete.


Environmental Film Fest at Eckerd College- Saturday, Feb. 27; 7 pm. Showing today: Revisiting the Western - The Only Good Indian. The Environmental Film Festival brings compelling and important films to the Tampa Bay area and the Eckerd College community in order to raise awareness and promote discussion of questions relating to nature, place, and the environment. Screenings will be held in The Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium and are free and open to the public. All programs begin at 7 p.m. (except Sunday, February 21, which begins at 2 p.m.) Each program will feature an opportunity for audience questions immediately after the program. To see the complete film schedule, please visit www.environmentalfilmfest.com.



[image-2]Sweetwater Organic Community Farm’s Sunday Market- Every Sunday (through May); 12-4 pm. Our on-site market features organic produce harvested fresh from our own farm, as well as organic fruits and veggies from other farms. Every week you can enjoy native plants, organic vegetable transplants, and unique products from green vendors and artisans including; fresh baked goods, local honey, homemade soaps, handmade jewelry, organic coffees, veggie burgers and fruit smoothies. You can also enjoy our wonderful Sweetwater Sunday Music Series featuring some of the best local musicians and our popular open mic. So come check it out! Shop for your produce and environmentally-friendly products, have a picnic lunch, meet like-minded individuals, and enjoy our orchard and gardens under the trees all while listening to some great live music! Bring your friends, family, and leashed dogs. It’s a great way to support local programs, agriculture and business. 6942 W. Comanche Ave, Tampa.


Be sure to check out our guide to the weekly green/farmers' markets in the Tampa Bay Area!

Looking for something green-related to do this weekend? Look no further than our own Green Community Calendar.

Dunedin Green Market- Every Friday (through April); 8 am- 1 pm. Featuring fresh, local produced goods such as baked good, ready-to-eat-foods, organic plants and herbs, coffee, honey, seafood, clothing, and so much more. The Dunedin Green Market is located in Pioneer Park at the cross streets of Douglas Avenue and Main Street in Downtown Dunedin and runs every Friday.

Tampa Downtown Market- Fridays (through May); 10 am-2 pm. The vision of the Tampa Downtown Market is to provide local residents and businesses of the community with the freshest, highest quality, most nutritious, and most reasonably priced food & gourmet products. The mission of the Tampa Downtown Market is to serve as a community-gathering place where local farmers, producers, and artisans can offer fresh agricultural and related products to generate a sense of local pride and further the economic development of Downtown Tampa. With a strong focus on sustainability, the Tampa Downtown Market intends to provide a vehicle to educate the community on the importance of good health as we create more business opportunities and residential benefits. Located in Lykes Gaslight Square- Tampa St. & Kennedy Blvd., Downtown Tampa.

Environmental Film Fest at Eckerd College- Friday, Feb. 26; 7 pm. Showing today: Man on the Moon - Moon. The Environmental Film Festival brings compelling and important films to the Tampa Bay area and the Eckerd College community in order to raise awareness and promote discussion of questions relating to nature, place, and the environment. Screenings will be held in The Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium and are free and open to the public. All programs begin at 7 p.m. (except Sunday, February 21, which begins at 2 p.m.) Each program will feature an opportunity for audience questions immediately after the program. To see the complete film schedule, please visit www.environmentalfilmfest.com.

SPC Environmental Club and the Emerging Green Builders Clearwater Beach Cleanup- Saturday, February 27; 9 am. We have scheduled our next beach cleanup for Saturday February 27 starting at 9am, meeting on the beach at Rockaway Street, right in front of Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill. Bags and gloves will be provided, but please remember to wear a hat, sunscreen, closed toed shoes and pants for the dunes, etc. You can park in the public beach parking or go past Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill and find residential parking further down the road then just walk back. Plan to meet on the beach in front of Frenchy’s restaurant, February 27 at 9am.  Spend a few hours picking up garbage, then have a grouper sandwich and a free drink at Frenchy’s (they will provide coupons for a free drink with the purchase of a meal) and the rest relaxing on a clean beach. Frenchy's- 7 Rockaway Street, Clearwater Beach. For more information, please contact [email protected] or call 727 341-3283. Update: This event has been rescheduled for Saturday, April 17.

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